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The Hero's Journey

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As you work to complete your awards entry, keep in mind the Hero’s journey and use the steps as your plan. The deadline is looming but the light at the end of the tunnel is you, the hero, showing the way with your light sabre.

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The Hero's Journey

  2. 2. The hero starts off in their normal world, but is then presented with some information that acts as a call to head off into the unknown. Stage 1 THE CALL TO ADVENTURE The entrant decides that he/she wants to be benchmarked against the best-of-the-best in the Industry, and hopefully win an award (or two).
  3. 3. Once the hero has committed to the quest, his or her guide and magical helper appears or becomes known. More often than not, this supernatural mentor will present the hero with one or more talismans or artifacts that will aid them later in their quest. Stage 2 MENTOR FIGURE/SUPERNATURAL AID The entrant approaches their immediate superior (or department manager/CEO/Ops Director), and together they start the quest of entering the awards process.
  4. 4. This is the point where the hero actually crosses into the field of adventure, leaves the known limits of his or her world and ventures into an unknown and dangerous realm where the rules and limits are not known. Stage 3 CROSSING THE FIRST THRESHOLD The entrant embarks on the tedious process of registering for a particular award(s) and then has that “Oh Sh*t” moment when they realise how much work it actually is!!
  5. 5. The hero faces tests, meets allies, confronts enemies & learns the rules of the Special World. Stage 4 TEST, ALLIES AND ENEMIES The entrant answers each head-scratching question with, at first, sheer guesswork and then, after realising the impact of winning the award(s), finally abides by the Awards Rules and works on the decent and proper submission.
  6. 6. The hero meets a female figure of power and significance, often supernatural and a representation of unconditional love. Stage 5 MEETING WITH THE GODDESS The entrant attends a CCMG BPeSA Awards Launch and is immediately transported to a magical place where Lady Haigh and Princess Phillips await … barking instructions and sharing insight
  7. 7. The belly of the whale represents the final separation from the hero's known world and self. By entering this stage, he shows willingness to undergo a metamorphosis. Stage 6 THE BELLY OF THE WHALE The entrant is overwhelmed by the mammoth task before them, delving into the deepest recesses of their professional career to bring out in their entry the body of evidence of the “Awesomeness!!”
  8. 8. The hero must confront his own mortality and face the world on his own. Stage 7 DEATH OF THE MENTOR After weeks of sleepless nights and days of sifting through stats and testimonials, the entrant loses his/her support from said superior/manager/CEO/Ops Managar as they get frustrated with all the questions and queries from their subordinate. In a flash, they are on their own!
  9. 9. The hero dies a physical death, or dies to the self to live in spirit. He or she enters a state of divine knowledge, love, compassion and bliss. Stage 8 APOTHESIS (DEATH AND REBIRTH) On the last of those sleepless nights, probably the night before the closing date, the entrant dies a spiritual death and has an epiphany … I Can Win This!!! All stops are pulled out from here on in.
  10. 10. Just as the hero may need guides and assistants at the start of the quest, they often need rescuers to bring them back to everyday life--especially if the person has been wounded or weakened by the experience. Stage 9 OUTSIDE HELP OR RESCUE The Final Push, and the entrant calls out for support from ALL in the department, sometimes in the Company, and they come to him/her by the thousands!! (Okay maybe three or four people …)
  11. 11. The achievement of the goal or fulfillment of the quest. All the previous steps serve to prepare and purify the hero for this step Stage 10 THE ULTIMATE BOON The entry is in! “And it’s a Winner … I Can Feel It!!”
  12. 12. The hero returns from the journey with the “elixir” or wisdom gained from the quest. He must then find a way to share this gift to help everyone in the Ordinary World. Stage 11 RETURN OF THE HERO The entrant attends the Awards Gala Dinner with bravado and hopes that they take their respective categories by a landslide! They do, and return to their companies heroes of the Resistance.
  13. 13. May the Force be with You!